Root Canals

With the advancement of medical technology, root canals are routine in saving teeth. Treatment involves clearing infection and decay from the tooth root. A filling is then placed before the canal is sealed.


Procedure:
1) The crown of the tooth is opened to allow access into the pulp chamber.
2) Pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned.
3) Medication is administered to the infected area.
4) The root canals are filled.
5) The crown opening receives a filling.


Causes of a Root Canal
The most common reason is an untreated cavity continues to decay into the tooth’s root. This may or may not be painful which is why we recommend regular dental check-ups and x-rays. Deep cavities can cause an abscess where a pocket of pus forms at and around the end of a root.

Other causes include trauma and tooth fractures.

Apicoectomy (Root End Surgery)

Sometimes the infection persists even after root canal therapy. In these cases, an apicoectomy, or root end resection can be performed to remove infected tissue.

  1. An incision is made to allow access to the base of the tooth. The inflamed or infected pulp is treated and the canals are carefully cleaned and shaped.
  2. A small filling may be placed in the remaining tip of the tooth to seal the root canal.
  3. The gum tissue is stitched back into place.
Post and Crown

Without your tooth’s natural pulp, it may be necessary to have a post placed along with the crown after root canal treatment. The post reinforces the filling support for your dental crown.

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